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Wedding Albums

by Eric Hegwer on 18 September, 2010

Let’s be honest. This is an incredible wedding book. Leather cover. Thick gold pages. Actual photographic prints (4×6, 5×7, 8×10). Archival paper. Big. Heavy. A coffee-table book.

I don’t get many clients who request this kind of wedding book. So when I do, I want to show it off. This was 2 years in the making. Each picture in this book was made as a real photograph. Then they were mounted to special paper, with cut-outs. And bound in this incredible Top-Grain Leather. It took a long time to make. And was worth the wait. Just take a look at these photos!

You can see the texture of the page, as well as the edge treatment in gold.

You can see the texture of the page, as well as the edge treatment in gold.

This is the Standard Brown Leather option from Leather Craftsmen.

This is the Standard Brown Leather option from Leather Craftsmen.

This Leather wedding album is 12x12 inches closed, and weighs about 10 lbs.q

This Leather wedding album is 12x12 inches closed, and weighs about 10 lbs.

This photo shows the texture of the page, as well as how the pictures look.

This photo shows the texture of the page, as well as how the pictures look.

Here's a great angle showing the cutout and mounting of each photo.

Here's a great angle showing the cutout and mounting of each photo.

This angle shows off the thickness of the wedding album pages.  They are gilded, and rigid - not flexible.

This angle shows off the thickness of the wedding album pages. They are gilded, and rigid - not flexible.

This is an example of a traditional wedding album - Old school wedding album, where the pictures are mounted to the page behind a paper matte.

This is an example of a traditional wedding album - Old school wedding album, where the pictures are mounted to the page behind a paper matte.


Each page in the album is rigid, and thick.  They have to be to hold all these photos.

Each page in the album is rigid, and thick. They have to be to hold all these photos.

There are still tons of design options for this style wedding album.  This page has four 5x7 photos.

There are still tons of design options for this style wedding album. This page has four 5x7 photos.

Authentic wedding albums like this are pricey (think 4-figures). And take a long time to make because they are entirely handcrafted. There are a lot of pages. And it’s physically BIG, too. Almost massive. But it’s a true heirloom. Something to be passed down between the generations. And I’m proud that I could be a part of this.

Yep, I’m also a wedding album maker. I offer independent album design with a bunch of different professional wedding photo album companies. I can create digital wedding albums with your CD of photos (I’ve been doing this more and more). There are tons of different options Just send me a note and I’ll send you the rates. Then you send me your photos on a CD, and I design your book. You get to choose your favorite photos, and also the final layout, style and cover options. Prices are per page, and depending on your choices can range between $200 and $8,500. Most of the wedding albums I make are around $800.

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Wedding Album

18 Wedding Album Companies

by Eric Hegwer on 1 February, 2010

I was amazed when I began to look for professional wedding albums. I thought it would be super easy to find a comprehensive list. Wouldn’t it? Well I couldn’t. So I made one. Most of these companies only deal with professional photographers. If you are a pro, I’m curious as to which company you use (leave me a note in the comments) and your experiences with them. And if you are a bride, you might want to ask your photographer which company they use to make your wedding album.

I had only one requirement when assembling this list. They had to make a 8×10 inch 20 page album. It didn’t matter if the pages were rigid or flexible, or what kind of printing process they used. I then contacted each of these companies directly, and got a catalog and price list. Then I ordered them by price – The Blurb came in at less than $50, and La Vie will run you deep into the 4-figure range. (I’ve actually seen a LaVie, and it is a beautiful handcraftedJapanese work of art).

Blurb
WHCC
Forebeyon
Graphistudio
Zookbinders
Art Leather
Vision Art
Leather Craftsmen –  check out these wedding album pictures, and this Matted Wedding Album
Luxeo
Kiss
Fineao
Renaissance
Asuka
Cypress
White Glove
CotureBook
Queensberry
La Vie

I personally feel that a professionally designed wedding album is the best way to preserve and showcase your wedding pictures. You don’t need any batteries, or computer screens to look at them when they are professionally printed and bound in a beautiful leather volume. But beware, it takes time to design, print, and bind a wedding book. It’s a process you shouldn’t rush. I don’t.

Over the next year, I plan on ordering one book from each of these companies – and then making a blog post about the book. If you are a rep for one of these companies (or you want your company added) drop me a line, and let’s talk.

I’ve assembled this list of professional wedding album companies. If you want a beautiful book with your wedding photos, check out this list, and then talk with your photographer to see if they use one of these companies.  And if you have a CD of your wedding pictures, and want an album designed, let’s talk.

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Leather Craftsmen wedding album

Leather Craftsmen Wedding Albums

by Eric Hegwer on 28 January, 2010

I’m always trying out new wedding album companies to find the very best way for you to display and archive your wedding photos.

Today I’m showing off the Leather Craftsman 3500 series flush mount wedding album.

What is a flush mount wedding album?  I’m glad you asked.  It’s a book where the pages are mounted flush to the page.  It is a more modern style wedding book, unlike the older versions where the picture was glued behind a paper frame in the album.  This style of flush mounting gives a cleaner look, in my opinion.  When you choose a flush mount album, the entire page is a single photo, so you can use a design program to style the image, and make designs, or multiple images on the same page.  Personally, I like to put only a few images on each page, that way the pictures are bigger, and clearer, and easier to see.

Take a look at the photos below to see the craftsmanship and quality.  It takes a long time to design and manufacture these books, so if you choose this style please be patient.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

This LC wedding album is 8 inches tall, 10 inches long and covered in distressed brown leather

This LC wedding album is 8 inches tall, 10 inches long and covered in distressed brown leather

This is a flush mount album spine.  Notice how the images are mounted flush to the page, and the pages lie flat when the wedding album is fully open.

This is a flush mount album spine. Notice how the images are mounted flush to the page, and the pages lie flat when the wedding album is fully open.

This Leather Craftsman Wedding Album is imprinted with gold lettering in the bottom right corner.

This Leather Craftsman Wedding Album is imprinted with gold lettering in the bottom right corner.

Why do I need 3 wedding albums?  One large one for you, and two smaller ones for each set of parents.

Why do I need 3 wedding albums? One large one for you, and two smaller ones for each set of parents.

I prefer to do a simple wedding album design, featuring large images.  Yes, this means few pictures per page, but the images are bigger, so you can see them better.

I prefer to do a simple wedding album design, featuring large images. Yes, this means few pictures per page, but the images are bigger, so you can see them better.

Each Leather Craftsman Wedding Album is hand made.

Each Leather Craftsman Wedding Album is hand made.

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